Today Ocean Springs High School’s aquaculture program was presented with a check for $150,000 to help expand their program.
The grant money came from DMR and has been in the works for over six months. The money will go to expand the program by building two saltwater greenhouses which will increase their yield for speckled trout, oysters, and blue crab.
During the school year the students work to raise different types of fish in the greenhouses to ultimately tag them and put them back into the water. Construction on the new greenhouses is set for August 1st.
Aquaculture teacher Bryan Butler said, “My class size is going to increase. I can offer the class to more students that way we can get more students in a biology based field. That way they can decide which career path they want to choose from there. It all starts with biology. Ocean Springs has tons of biology classes to get them excited about it and they can take me and make that decision later on to go to college for it or to continue in a biomedical or engineering field to go along the same way.”
Last year, the aquaculture students released 750 speckled trout back into the water and they are hoping with these upgrades from the grant money they can double that number.